We use cookies on our website so it can function correctly. The cookies we use do not store any specific information about you personally and they won’t harm your computer. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

Cookies on hcahealthcare.co.uk

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required


Record information about choices that you have made, and they also allow us to tailor the website to suit your needs.

• YouTube

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located.

These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog.

The information these cookies collect are anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.



Are used to track visitors across website. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers. 

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf.
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal information is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only.

Performance Cookies

Are used to monitor the use of our website. We use a number of tools that monitor visitor behaviour on our website to help us improve our information and services.


Google Analytics | Google Optimize | adiLP | adiVi | Tealium IQ | Infinity Cloud | AdInsight

These cookies collect information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Acute pancreatitis

Inflammation of the pancreas

A serious condition where your pancreas becomes inflamed over a short period of time and may settle on its own, or not


Acute pancreatitis is a condition that comes on suddenly when the digestive enzymes of your pancreas become trapped and begin to digest the organ itself. There is no cure but most people recover naturally within a week with the right support. A small number of cases develop into severe acute pancreatitis, which can lead to multiple organ failure.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of acute pancreatitis icon plus

    Symptoms may include: - Acute pain in your belly (abdomen) - Vomiting or feeling sick - Upset stomach
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    An initial diagnosis of acute pancreatitis is reached through medical examination and a lifestyle review. Your consultant will examine your abdomen and check for areas of severe tenderness. You may need to undergo a blood test to detect high levels of the enzyme lipase and amylase, which are symptomatic of this condition. CT and MRI scans are performed to determine the severity of your inflammation and assess the risk of complications from severe acute pancreatitis. You may also have an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) procedure, which involves direct examination of your pancreas using an endoscopic camera.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    The aim of treatment is to support your body whilst it recovers naturally whilst closely monitoring you for the early signs of complications such as organ failure. Treatment includes: - Intravenous fluids via a drip to keep you hydrated - Nutritional support as you will be unable to eat solid food - Oxygen via nasal tubes to support the organs in the first few days - Pain relief ranging from paracetamol to stronger medications Once you have recovered from the acute attack, you will need to address the underlying cause of your pancreatitis. This may include diet and lifestyle changes, which you will discuss with your consultant.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street


    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top